Tag Archives: Ed Francis

Dutch Savage Decisions Ramos

Eugene Register-Guard – May 12, 1973

Dutch Savage belted out a ten-round boxing decision over Bull Ramos in the main event on the weekly professional wrestling card at the Lane County Fairgrounds Friday night. Continue reading

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Boyd Tangling With Savage

Eugene Register-Guard – November 11, 1971

Dutch Savage will tangle with Johnny Boyd, Northwest heavyweight champion, in a nontitle main event on Friday night’s wrestling card at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Continue reading

John Valentine Turns Traitor In Team Match

Houston Chronicle – June 12, 1954

Johnny Valentine turned traitor in the eight-man tag match Friday night at City Auditorium, helping his opponents pin Larry Chene for the final loss.

The winning quartet was composed of Danny McShane, Bull Curry, Don Evans and Bill McDaniels. The losers were Ray Gunkel, Rito Romero, Chene and Valentine. Continue reading

Gorgeous George Beaten By John “Gorky” Smith

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix – February 17, 1961

Gorgeous George had his platinum curls ruffled as well as his dignity Thursday night as John “Gorky” Smith put an end to the main event of the wrestling card at the Arena after only 11 minutes of action. Continue reading

George Here On Thursday

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix – February 14, 1961

Gorgeous George, one of the big names in the wrestling world, comes back to the Saskatoon Arena ring on Thursday night for a match against John Smith.

It will be the headliner of the card.  Mat fans are asked to note the change in date for this week only.

George, who is decked out in fancy costumes and platinum blonde curls, created quite a sensation in wrestling with his appearance.  He is accompanied by his wife, who acts as his valet.

Two new faces will be introduced.

One of them will be The Mongol, a new arrival from Manchuria who will trade holds with Rubberman Johnny Walker.  The other newcomer is Larry Henning, a former University of Minnesota footballer, who will run up against Torri Torres.

Rounding out the card will be an Australian tag team match.  Gentleman Ed Francis and Gino Marella will tangle against Dave Ruhl and Mighty Ursus.

Ed Francis Main Event Mat Winner

The Calgary Herald – February 18, 1961

Gorgeous George may have been the most gorgeous guy on view during Pavilion wrestling shenanigans Friday night but he didn’t come out of the scrambling a winner.

Gentleman Ed Francis dumped the famed mat dandy in straight falls in about 25 minutes, the first on a disqualification and the second via the sleeper hold.

A near-capacity crowd watched Mighty Ursus and Dave Ruhl take a come-from-behind best-of-three fall victory over Alberto Torres and Johnny Walker in one of the two tag matches.  The Brunetti brothers, Joe and Guy, also came from behind to defeat the fiendish duo of John Smith and The Mongol.  The winning teams clash next week with the international tag crown at stake.

Eric The Red lost $50 in his forfeit challenge to pin Gino Marella within 10 minutes.  His money boosts the pot to $150 and another grappler will go after that prize next week.

It’s also likely that promoter Stu Hart will give Smith another crack at Francis in what would be a main event battle.

Battlers In Thursday’s Giant Wrestling Card

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix – February 15, 1961

Gorgeous George and Jack Benny

Saskatoon fans have seen some really big wrestling action in recent weeks, but here’s a card that tops them all.  It includes Mr. “Golden Locks” himself, Gorgeous George, in a one-fall one-hour time limit match against John “Gorky” Smith (below).  “Gorgeous,” who is shown here with Jack Benny, and Smith are two of the meanest customers in the business, and there’s no love lost between them – which all adds up to plenty of action and excitement this Thursday at 8.30 in the Arena. Continue reading

Savage Victor Over Rasputin

Eugene Register-Guard – November 23, 1974

Dutch Savage defeated Rasputin in two of three falls in a coal miner’s match to highlight the weekly pro wrestling card at the Lane County Fairgrounds Friday night.

In other matches, Rocky Montero defeated Professor Dale Lewis on a disqualification, Tony Borne and Jim Bailey battled to a draw, and Ed Francis whipped Sandy Barr.